- 1Attack (someone) by repeatedly hurling things at them: two little boys pelted him with rotten applesMore example sentences
- The officers were being pelted with missiles and were in serious danger.
- ‘There have been a few occasions now when buses have been pelted with missiles and windows have been smashed,’ he said.
- He'd been left out of the reindeer games for so long, and now here Dad was, pelting him with missiles.
- 1.1Repeatedly hurl (something) at someone or something: he spotted four boys aged about ten pelting stones at ducksMore example sentences
- From some fifty feet away, the original storyteller said he had pelted several stones at the presumably expired alien thing.
- He is reported to have pelted two stones at his relative, who retaliated by stabbing him.
- Many stones were pelted at my car as I waited to negotiate the roundabout.
- 1.2 [no object] (pelt down) (Of rain, hail, or snow) fall quickly and very heavily: the rain was pelting downMore example sentences
pour (down), come down, teem (down), stream down, rain cats and dogs, rain hard
- It was grey and miserable, the rain pelted down in sheets making it nearly impossible to see.
- I can hear the sirens as the rain still pelts down.
- Later in the night as I dropped off to sleep, I could hear more rain pelting down on the verandah, and I grumbled to myself about the washing that had been on the line since Wednesday.
- 1.3 [no object] • informal Run somewhere very quickly: I pelted across the roadMore example sentences
- He changed directions at an immense speed, and pelted off into the jungle, tearing through the undergrowth for his life.
- He ripped off his shoes, shoving them in his belt, then pelted forward, knocking startled onlookers aside.
- My father raced past me, and I followed, pelting up the dock to where my mother had dived into the river.
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late 15th century: of unknown origin.
- 1The skin of an animal with the fur, wool, or hair still on it.More example sentences
- It had fresco brick wall sides peaking upward as if inside a tent, there were tanned pelts of animal skins as tapestries on the wall.
- His cousins Paul and Tom, sons of his uncle Tom, ran a tannery plant, which closed in recent years, although it is believed that the brothers still deal in hides, skins, pelts and leathers.
- It can be made from a variety of pelts and hides including leather, sealskin, mink, racoon, rabbit or pigskin in hundreds of different styles.
- 1.1An animal’s coat of fur or hair.More example sentences
- Bengals, because they have pelts and not coats like domestic cats, shed very little, and cause less allergic reactions.
- Denizens of coastal waters in the Pacific, sea otters were pursued for centuries for their thick, soft pelts.
- Before hitting our first night's camp, we visit a man training a magnificent eagle to hunt foxes, whose pelts are highly prized by Russians for coats and hats.
- 1.2The raw skin of a sheep or goat, stripped and ready for tanning.More example sentences
- Barely up to my shoulder, pale tan pelt, strips of white leather hanging in loops from her hips, rust-red curlicues dyed in the fur of her chest.
- The defendants used a solvent in degreasing pelts at their tannery, which was located 1.3 miles from the plaintiffs borehole from which water was extracted for domestic use.
- Opposite the fireplace, a bulky dark wood bed was draped in dark blue velvet covers and snowy white fur pelts, its sheets thrust to one side.
- 1.3 • informal A person’s hair.More example sentences
- The attractiveness of this man made me think of him, with his similarly shaved dark-brown crown and shadow beard and nappy pelt of chest hair, and I started to grow angry again.
Middle English: either from obsolete pellet 'skin', from an Old French diminutive of pel 'skin', from Latin pellis 'skin', or a back-formation from peltry.